Sert for homework
Mon 7th Jan 05. Yr 11 English
definitions below are taken in sequence from the Literary
Terms links. Frankly, they are pretty average. I will provide
a more effective update on this page after 8.00pm.
The time and place in which a story unfolds. The setting in
Act 1, scene 1 of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet,"
for example, is a public square in Verona, Italy. A drama
may contain a single setting, or the setting may change from
scene to scene.
The total environment for the action of a fictional work.
Setting includes time period (such as the 1890's), the place
(such as downtown Warsaw), the historical milieu (such as
during the Crimean War), as well as the social, political,
and perhaps even spiritual realities. The setting is usually
established primarily through description, though narration
is used also.
"The background against which action takes place. The
elements making up a setting are: (1) the geographical location,
its topography, scenery, and such physical arrangements as
the location of the windows and doors in a room; (2) the occupations
and daily manner of living of the characters; (3) the time
or period in which the action takes place, for example, epoch
in history or season of the year; (4) the general environment
of the characters, for example, religious, mental, moral,
social, and emotional conditions" ( Source :Harmon &
The place(s) and time(s) of the story, including the historical
period, social milieu of the characters, geographical location,
descriptions of indoor and outdoor locales, etc.
(set-ting): the time, place, physical details, and
circumstances in which a situation occurs. Settings include
the background, atmosphere or environment in which characters
live and move, and usually include physical characteristics
of the surroundings. Settings enables the reader to better
envision how a story unfolds by relating necessary physical
details of a piece of literature. A setting may be simple
or elaborate, used to create ambiance, lend credibility or
realism, emphasize or accentuate, organize, or even distract
the reader. Settings in the Bible are simplistic. In the book
of Genesis, we read about the creation of the universe and
the lives of the descendants of Adam. Great detail is taken
in documenting the lineage, actions, and ages of the characters
at milestones in their lives, yet remarkably little detail
is given about physical characteristics of the landscape and
surroundings in which events occurred. In Genesis 20, we learn
that because of her beauty, Sarah’s identity is concealed
to prevent the death of her husband, Abraham. Yet, we have
no description of Sarah or Abraham’s hair, eye or skin
color, height, weight, physical appearance, or surroundings.
Detailed settings that were infrequent in some ancient writings
like the Bible are common in today’s literature. In
recent literature, settings are often described in elaborate
detail, enabling the reader to vividly envision even imaginary
characters and actions like the travels of Bilbo Baggins in
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Settings have a way of drawing
the reader into a piece of literature while facilitating understanding
of the characters and their actions. Understanding the setting
is useful because it enables us to see how an author captures
the attention of the reader by painting a mental picture using
words. See Literature, An Introduction to Reading and Writing.
Kate Endriga, Student, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
setting involves the place and time of the incidents in the
story. The location, the social environment, and period of
history form an essential, element in the short story. Within
this setting characters may move, initiating some action within
the text. In addition the setting will construct some feeling
in the reader in relation to place, character, time and action.
: place specific (classroom); place general (Ireland)
time specific (midnight); time general or era (nineteenth
; the characters who may be introduced;
: some action may be established providing direction for
th text to move in;
: this is the mood or feeling created in the reader in relation
to some aspect of setting.
LANDSCAPE : Often the setting of a story acts as an emotional
landscape. What this means is that the setting may mirror
(or may directly contrast, to highlight) the main character's
emotional state. As such the setting embodies feelings we
the reader may attach to the character.
the setting can play an active part in the short story.
can time, place, character and action;
can mirror, establish or influence a character's emotions,
ideas or actions;
it can create a sense of mood and feeling (atmosphere).
This atmosphere often plays a significant role in developing
character, action and theme.